Captain Virat Kohli, captain of India and Royal Challengers Bangalore, understands the “privilege” of playing cricket in the midst of a raging pandemic and wants all IPL participants to respect the tournament’s bio-secure bubble. Speaking on RCB’s YouTube show “ Bold Diaries, ” the 31-year-old said he didn’t exactly miss the game during the COVID forced lockdown, which halted the sporting action. “Maybe because I was busy day and night for the past 10 years … It was a revelation to me in that I didn’t just focus on constantly missing the game,” Kohli said.
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As he gears up to get back into action with the IPL, which begins September 19 in the UAE, Kohli said the BCCI’s standard operating procedure and the constraints of the biobubbles should not be negotiable for all participants.
“We’re all here to play cricket … The bio bubble must be respected at all times for the tournament to eventually take place. We’re not here to have fun and wander and you know that ‘I want to hang out in Dubai, ” Kohli claimed.
“That is not the time we live in. Accept the stage that we are going through and understand the privilege we have, just to be part of the IPL. Everyone should accept that and not behave in a way that the situation is not. is doing.” “They don’t require them,” he said.
Speaking of coming back to the game after five months, Kohli said it didn’t take much time to find his groove.
“A few months ago you couldn’t imagine having IPL first … When we had our practice session yesterday, I realized how long it had been. As I was on my way to the practice session, I felt nervous,” he admitted.
“I felt a little nervous, but everything was fine. I didn’t miss the game as often as I thought… just getting on with life was important too,” he said.
Kohli gave the squad’s support staff, led by team director Mike Hesson, the credit of making everyone understand what is at stake while not putting them under pressure.
“Culture will not change for individual preferences,” he said.
At the tournament being played with no in-stadium fans due to the bio-bubble restrictions, Kohli said it would be strange at first, but eventually players will adjust to the feel.
“I wouldn’t say it won’t be difficult, strange. The echo of a bat hitting the ball, I haven’t seen it in the last 10 years. The Ranji Trophy was the last time. But we’ve ever done this. our lives, ‘he said referring to the home games played in near-empty venues.
“The crowd factor will certainly play a role, but the instincts will catch on and it will diminish pretty quickly,” he added.
The instinctive celebrations on the field will also be limited due to health and safety protocols. Kohli reiterated that everyone has no choice but to adapt.
‘It has to be a balance. You can’t go crazy. We can’t be like kids sent to a park, ”he joked.
The star cricketer, who will welcome his first child with actor wife Anushka Sharma in January, said he has been over the moon since meeting it.
“It’s an incredible feeling. It puts things into perspective. It’s hard to describe how you feel,” he said.
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